Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lütke and Scott Lake. Shopify initially developed software to help businesses manage their online stores, but later expanded into a full-service e-commerce platform with integrated social media marketing, multi-channel commerce and mobile commerce capabilities. The company hosts over 600,000 merchants.
Shopify is one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies in terms of revenue, which amounted to $564 million in 2018. The company says it processes $10 billion in gross merchandise volume on its platform each year.
Shopify’s platform provides tools for creating a website with a customized design, setting up content management systems, processing payments, and more. Shopify also offers apps that add functionality to the store, such as inventory management or sales analytics.
In addition to the platform itself, Shopify sells related products such as themes and apps that help customize the look of your store.
Shopify’s platform allows users to set up an online store that can be used either on the Shopify website or through third party apps. In addition to allowing users to create their own stores, Shopify also offers a variety of templates for different types of businesses, including clothing retailers and booksellers.